HAMMOND, La. — Free-throw shooting played a major part in Southeastern Louisiana's sweep of the University of Central Arkansas Bears and Sugar Bears here Saturday.
The Lady Lions (5-17, 4-7) hit 10 of 12 free throws in the second overtime, with Taylin Underwood going eight for eight, as they outscored the Sugar Bears (15-7, 8-3),15-8, in the decisive period, leading for the final 3:16 in a 78-70 victory.
Southeastern was 18 of 23 in overcoming a 43-35 halftime deficit for an 89-84 win in the men's game.
It's the first loss for the Sugar Bears here since 2012.
Kierra Jordan, who had 11 points and eight rebounds, hit a layup with 1.5 sends left to force the first overtime. That ended at 63-63.
Antonija Bozic led the Sugar Bears with 20 points, hitting 6-of-13 from 3-point range and 7-of-14 overall – all season highs. Jordan Angel Williams had 10 points and Taylor Baudoin had 9 points, 11 rebounds, two assists and two steals. Underwood, the Southland’s second-leading scorer, had a game-high 26 to lead Southeastern.
meetings between the teams
With Southeastern having a 46-42 rebound advantage, it marks the first time in 14 games the Sugar Bears have been out rebounded
The loss is just the third on the road in Southland play for the Sugar Bears over the past three seasons
In the men's game, the Lions put up 54 points in the second half .
The loss broke UCA’s two-game winning streak and gave the Lions (14-10, 8-3) a season sweep of the Bears. The Lions finished with four players in double figures to UCA’s three. Senior Mathieu Kamba recorded his seventh career double-double, finishing with a career-high 30 points and 10 rebounds. Senior Jordan Howard heated up in the second half, scoring 18 of his season-average of 25 points in the final 20 minutes.
UCA fell to 12-12 and 6-5 in the league.
The first half was a battle between Kamba and SLU senior Jordan Capps, who both finished with 18 points at the break. Kamba hit three of four from 3-point range as UCA made 6 of 10 from beyond the arc. Kamba was 7 of 10 overall and added 6 rebounds. Capps was 9 of 13 overall with 4 rebounds.
“We didn’t get to the foul line enough," said UCA coach Russ Pennell. “And if you look at it, that’s really where the game was lost. They’re 18 of 23, we’re 7 of 10. But our defense let us down."
e Bears found themselves down by as much as nine points in the second half but a dunk by Kamba and five straight points from Howard kept UCA within five points into the final minute. The Lions scored 15 points at the free-throw line over the final eight minutes to hold off the Bears.